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Version: 0.5

Quick Start

0. Prerequisite

1. Init an Empty KCL Package

Create a new kcl package named my_package. And after we have created the package my_package, we need to go inside the package by cd my_package to complete the following operations.

kpm init my_package && cd my_package


kpm will create two kcl package configuration files: kcl.mod and kcl.mod.lock in the directory where you executed the command.

- my_package
|- kcl.mod
|- kcl.mod.lock
|- # You can write your kcl program directly in this directory.

kcl.mod.lock is the file generated by kpm to fix the dependency version. Do not modify this file manually.

kpm initializes kcl.mod for an empty project as shown below:

name = "my_package"
edition = "0.0.1"
version = "0.0.1"

2. Add a Dependency from OCI Registry

You can then add a dependency to the current kcl package using the kpm add command

As shown below, taking the example of adding a package dependency named k8s, the version of the package is 1.27.2.

kpm add k8s:1.27.2


You can see that kpm adds the dependency you just added to kcl.mod.

name = "my_package"
edition = "0.0.1"
version = "0.0.1"

k8s = "1.27.2" # The dependency 'k8s' with version '1.27.2'

Write a kcl program that uses the content in k8s

Create the main.k file in the current package.

- my_package
|- kcl.mod
|- kcl.mod.lock
|- main.k # Your KCL program.

And write the following into the main.k file.

# Import and use the contents of the external dependency 'k8s'.
import k8s.api.core.v1 as k8core

k8core.Pod { = "web-app"
spec.containers = [{
name = "main-container"
image = "nginx"
ports = [{containerPort = 80}]

3. Run the KCL Code

In the my_package directory, you can use kpm to compile the main.k file you just wrote.

kpm run

The output is

apiVersion: v1
kind: Pod
name: web-app
- image: nginx
name: main-container
- containerPort: 80